Programs

To tackle the human health challenges that face the world today, the FNIH develops collaborations with top experts from government, industry, academia and the not-for-profit sector and provides a neutral environment where we can work productively toward a common goal.

Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT)

https://fnih.org/sites/default/files/final/pdf/APPENDIX%20D_PACT%20Guidelines_v2_01142019_0.pdfThe Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT) is a five-year public-private research collaboration totaling $220 million launched by the National Institutes of Health, the FNIH and 12 leading pharmaceutical companies as part of the Cancer Moonshot. PACT will initially focus on efforts to identify, develop and validate robust biomarkers — standardized biological markers of disease and treatment response — to advance new immunotherapy treatments that harness the immune system to attack cancer. The partnership will be managed by the FNIH.

International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics

The International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics is a five-year initiative (2016-2020) designed to help developing nations build and expand their knowledge base, infrastructure, systems and technologies in genetics and genomics. Each fall, researchers from abroad travel to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland for one month of in-person training at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). The Summit helps them to understand the prevalence and basis of genetic diseases in their nations and to address these public health challenges. The 2019 Summit was held on August 28 - September 28, 2019.

Cancer Research Fund

The Cancer Research Fund enables individuals to support cancer research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fund for Women Scientists in Cancer Research

The Sallie Rosen Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists in Cancer Research is a highly competitive, unpaid, annual, one-year program that provides additional mentoring opportunities, networking, seminars and workshops to female National Cancer Institute postdoctoral fellows to help them to transition to independent research careers.

Dr. Anita Roberts Memorial Fund

The Dr. Anita Roberts Memorial Fund awards travel scholarships for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to present their work at a national meeting.

Adam J. Berry Memorial Fund

The Adam J. Berry Memorial Fund assists early career Australian scientists with travel between Australia and the United States to work at the NIH.

Lung-MAP: Master Protocol for Treatment of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Lung-MAP is an umbrella protocol which contains a screening component and multiple independently conducted and analyzed treatment sub-studies. The overarching hypothesis is that the umbrella master protocol will establish genomic screening for a large population of previously treated Non-small cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) patients and evaluate targeted therapies (or combinations) in biomarker-driven sub-studies and immunotherapy combinations in patients previously exposed to standard checkpoint inhibitor therapy and lead to regulatory approval of efficacious regimens.

Biomarkers Consortium - Identification and Validation of ctDNA Quality Control Materials

The ctDNA Quality Control Materials project seeks to develop a set of nationally recognized standards to enable the production of suitable quality control materials that can be submitted for FDA clearance for widespread use in ctDNA testing. Once successfully developed and disseminated, these quality control materials will provide confidence in interpretation of ctDNA biomarker assay results, paving the way for more effective clinical research, therapeutic decision-making, regulatory evaluation, and reimbursement applications.

Biomarkers Consortium - Chemotherapeutic Impact on the Immune MicroEnvironment

Project results will help determine the effect of chemotherapy on malignant and non-malignant cells including immune cells. New biomarkers characterizing the TME before and after chemotherapy may be discovered that reflect cell composition, cell states, and cell-cell interaction.

Biomarkers Consortium – CSC Scientific Symposium

The Cancer Steering Committee (CSC) Scientific Symposium reviews advances in the field of biomarker and regulatory science that are relevant to the development of new public-private partnerships for precompetitive biomarkers. This review assists the CSC with planning future public- private partnerships in this area.